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FireFox 3 Beta 5 is here !

Posted on: April 3, 2008

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I’ve been waiting for this since March 27. Here’s what’s new in beta 5 –

  • Firefox 3 Beta 5 includes more than 750 changes from the previous beta, improving stability and web compatibility, providing platform and user interface enhancements, and resulting in the fastest Firefox ever.
  • Integration with Windows: Firefox now has improved Windows icons, and uses native user interface widgets in the browser and in web formsFF5 lobar.bmp
  • Integration with the Mac: the new Firefox theme makes toolbars, icons, and other user interface elements look like a native OS X application. Firefox also uses OS X widgets and supports Growl for notifications of completed downloads and available updates. A combined back and forward control make it even easier to move between web pages.
  • Integration with Linux: Firefox’s default icons, buttons, and menu styles now use the native GTK theme.
  • Places Organizer: view, organize and search through all of your bookmarks, tags, and browsing history with multiple views and smart folders to store your frequent searches. Create and restore full backups whenever you want.
  • Speed: improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations have resulted in continued improvements in performance. Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast in Firefox 3 Beta 5, and the popular SunSpider test from Apple shows improvements over previous releases.
  • the colors and font sizes have been reviewed and the number of suggestions reduced to six making the menu less obtrusive.


You can get beta 5 here. This is more stable that any other browser out there but most of the add-ons still don’t work. If you don’t want to install Firefox but still want to try the Beta 5 then portable edition is for you.


1 Response to "FireFox 3 Beta 5 is here !"

The most popular add-on (adblock plus) doesn’t work yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

I’ve been using beta 5 all day, and to be honest, I haven’t seen much changes from beta 4.

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